A board walk in memory of grandad

Hoping to turn this into real money. Cousins Brandon Smith and Shannon Hilton are walking the London Monopoly board for charity. EMN-150323-164106001
Hoping to turn this into real money. Cousins Brandon Smith and Shannon Hilton are walking the London Monopoly board for charity. EMN-150323-164106001

Cousins Shannon Hilton and Brandon Smith are preparing for a walk around London with a difference as they take in every landmark on a Monopoly board to raise money in memory of their grandad.

The pair begin their 17-mile walk at Whitechapel Tube Station on April 2, then head to Mayfair and walk via Monopoly tube stations to Pentonville and Park Lane. From Oxford Street they’ll pass a number of key ‘red’ and ‘orange’ stops on their way to Vine Street. After Piccadilly Circus and Coventry Street they will head to Northumberland Avenue before finishing off with Fleet Street and Old Kent Road.

They have already raised almost £500 in sponsorship in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough where their grandad Bill Higgins died last September.

Bill was admitted to Thorpe Hall after battling lung cancer for five years. Brandon, 20, a care worker who lives at RAF Cranwell, remembers: “He wasn’t so keen on going into the hospice at the beginning. But every time we visited he was in high spirits – they took away all his worries.”

Shannon, 21, from Yaxley, came up with the idea for the walk while playing the board game over Christmas. Their grandad had been born and lived in London and knew it well. Monopoly seemed the perfect way to remember him. She said: “The staff didn’t only give Grandad the medical care he needed they also gave him – and all of us – the emotional support we needed. That’s why we wanted to raise money for the hospice, to say thank you.”

“We will be using a selfie stick to take selfies with street signs and road names along the walk,” said Shannon. “We’re also including the income tax, super tax, community chest, chance, waterworks and electricity company tiles.”

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